Véronique Gré Douniama-Lonn

2024 IVLP Impact Award Project: Bootcamp of Scientific GirlsRepublic of Congo

Ms. Véronique Gré Douniama-Lonn is a lecturer in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Marien Ngouabi University in the Republic of Congo. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the National Section (Republic of Congo National Chapiter) of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World

IVLP Impact Award Project: Bootcamp of Scientific Girls 

The project will equip 15 young girls at the end of their university studies for an active life in the scientific field. They will be supported, empowered and equipped with various tools, to continue their studies in STEM (PhD) or to choose a career in science; to undertake or innovate in STEM (through the discovery practice of informal science); and to become leaders in STEM for people younger than themselves, thus engaging and making strong a community of Congolese women scientists. 

The project goal is to build women’s leadership capacity in leadership in STEM, to lead them to a new individual project, or assist young high school girls find careers in STEM. The four-day bootcamp will feature training in digital sciences, with coding, robotics, modelling, solar panel manufacturing; along with workshops on innovative entrepreneurship, leadership workshops, and fundraising.

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Véronique participated in the IVLP Project: Empowering Congolese Women in Science Through a U.S. Perspective, organized by the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with Global Ties Akron, Gulf Coast Diplomacy, and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.

Two special points of my IVLP experience have inspired my IVLP Impact Award Project. First, I was inspired by a visit to the University of West Florida (UWF) in Pensacola, where we met with Dr. Mohammad Kabou, who spoke to us about the creation of summer camps in STEM for female students, which creates a learning and living community to retain female students educated in STEM. Second, we explored different actions taken by Chris Miller and the Akron Community Foundation to help women lacking access to physical and mental healthcare as well as lacking resources to mitigate societal pressures and sexual assault awareness." - Véronique Gré Douniama-Lonn

U.S. Communities Visited

Washington, DC; Pensacola, FL; Akron, OH; Cleveland, OH

Country: Republic of Congo


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